Anthropology | Seminar Medical Anthropology
E645 | 28116 | Phillips


The meanings of "health" and disease, and the experience of one's
body, are often taken for granted.  However, our ideas about and
experiences of health, "dis-ease," and medicine are profoundly shaped
by culture, transnational flows of people, ideas, and resources,
histories of colonialism and structural inequalities, and the
development of new technologies.  An informed understanding of a
person or group's health and illness trajectories must begin by
exploring the multiple contexts-cultural, geopolitical, and
socio-economic-from which those experiences are generated.  In this
course, students will learn to think about issues of health,
disease,and medicine in cross-cultural and global terms.

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students should be able to
1)  talk about how the methods and theories of anthropology can be
applied to issues of health, illness, disease, and medicine in
cross-cultural contexts;
2)  think and write about their own illness experiences utilizing
anthropological principles and modes of analysis;
3)  question accepted knowledge about mind-body dualism, medical
authority, and the desirable effects of new medical technologies;
4)  recognize and question social inequalities of health within the
U.S. and other societies, and in students' own communities;
5)  recognize the links between globalization and international public
health, and the epidemiological effects of the widening gap between
the "haves" and "have-nots" in global contexts.